Cape Town - Veteran US golfer Jim Furyk admits it
really "pisses" him off that he didn't go on and win the Players
Championship at TPC Sawgrass on Sunday.
The 48-year-old Furyk rolled back the years to card a final round 67
but missed out on winning the title, finishing one stroke behind
eventual champion Rory McIlroy.
However, Furyk, who was the US Ryder Cup captain, won plenty of
plaudits for his display at the weekend and you could see the emotion
when he birdied the last hole on Sunday.
McIlroy though made a par at the 18th to take victory by a single shot.
Furyk told reporters afterwards: "I haven't put myself in the heat
with a really good opportunity to win a golf tournament in a while, and I
"I missed the nerves, I missed the excitement, the cheers, and I
think the emotion you saw on 18 was just I was proud of the way I
Furyk has been quiet as player for the last two years as he dedicated
much of his time to US Ryder Cup duties, although it ended
disappointingly as Europe won the team tournament in Paris in 2018.
But he played an amazing back nine on Sunday that left him agonisingly short of at least making a play-off for the title.
Furyk though had to settle for second place and consolation prize of $1.35 million after shooting 15-under-273 for the week.
He continued: "I don't feel any less pride for the way I played because I didn't win.
"And because it was Rory, I mean, probably doesn't take any sting out
of it. I have a lot of respect for his game. I have a lot of respect
for him as a person. But it still stings.
"I mean, I'm a competitor, and I want to win, and it pisses me off that I didn't."